Week 16 RB rankings

Posted Dec. 25, 2011 @ 7:16 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Updated Dec. 25, 2011 @ 7:16 p.m. ET

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for running backs:

  1. Ray Rice, Ravens vs. Browns
  2. Arian Foster, Texans at Colts
  3. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars at Titans
  4. LeSean McCoy, Eagles at Cowboys
  5. Adrian Peterson, Vikings at Redskins
  6. Michael Turner, Falcons at Saints
  7. Frank Gore, 49ers at Seahawks
  8. Reggie Bush, Dolphins at Patriots
  9. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers vs. Rams
  10. Willis McGahee, Broncos at Bills — UP
  11. Shonn Greene, Jets vs. Giants
  12. Ryan Mathews, Chargers at Lions
  13. Cedric Benson, Bengals vs. Cardinals
  14. Michael Bush, Raiders at Chiefs — INJ (ACTIVE)
  15. C.J. Spiller, Bills vs. Broncos
  16. Chris Johnson, Titans vs. Jaguars — INJ, UP (ACTIVE)
  17. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers at Panthers
  18. Felix Jones, Cowboys vs. Eagles — INJ (ACTIVE)
  19. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers vs. Buccaneers
  20. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers vs. Buccaneers
  21. Darren Sproles, Saints vs. Falcons
  22. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  23. Beanie Wells, Cardinals at Bengals
  24. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants at Jets
  25. Ryan Torain, Redskins vs. Vikings
  26. Roy Helu, Redskins vs. Vikings — INJ (INACTIVE)
  27. Steven Jackson, Rams at Steelers
  28. Kevin Smith, Lions vs. Chargers
  29. Donald Brown, Colts vs. Texans
  30. Peyton Hillis, Browns at Ravens
  31. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots vs. Dolphins — INJ (ACTIVE)
  32. Ricky Williams, Ravens vs. Browns
  33. Ben Tate, Texans at Colts — INJ (ACTIVE)
  34. Brandon Jacobs, Giants at Jets
  35. Mike Tolbert, Chargers at Lions
  36. Kahlil Bell, Bears at Packers — UP
  37. Pierre Thomas, Saints vs. Falcons
  38. Chris Ivory, Saints vs. Falcons
  39. Jackie Battle, Chiefs vs. Raiders
  40. Ryan Grant, Packers vs. Bears — DOWN
  41. Danny Woodhead, Patriots vs. Dolphins
  42. Lance Ball, Broncos at Bills
  43. LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets vs. Giants
  44. James Starks, Packers vs. Bears — UP
  45. Stevan Ridley, Patriots vs. Dolphins — UP
  46. Isaac Redman, Steelers vs. Rams
  47. Sammy Morris, Cowboys vs. Eagles
  48. Jamie Harper, Titans vs. Jaguars — UP
  49. Toby Gerhart, Vikings at Redskins
  50. Joseph Addai, Colts vs. Texans
  51. Dexter McCluster, Chiefs vs. Raiders
  52. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins at Patriots
  53. Thomas Jones, Chiefs vs. Raiders
  54. Evan Royster, Redskins vs. Vikings — UP
  55. Bernard Scott, Bengals vs. Cardinals
  56. Kregg Lumpkin, Buccaneers at Panthers
  57. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons at Saints
  58. Marcel Reece, Raiders at Chiefs
  59. Kendall Hunter, 49ers at Seahawks
  60. John Kuhn, Packers vs. Bears
  61. Danny Ware, Giants at Jets — INJ, UP (ACTIVE)
  62. Tashard Choice, Bills vs. Broncos
  63. Jason Snelling, Falcons at Saints
  64. Brandon Saine, Packers vs. Bears — UP
  65. Delone Carter, Colts vs. Texans — INJ, UP (ACTIVE)
  66. LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals at Bengals — INJ, DOWN (ACTIVE)
  67. Joe McKnight, Jets vs. Giants — INJ (ACTIVE)
  68. Keiland Williams, Lions vs. Chargers
  69. Ronnie Brown, Eagles at Cowboys
  70. Chris Ogbonnaya, Browns at Ravens
  71. Justin Forsett, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  72. Marion Barber, Bears at Packers — INJ, DOWN (INACTIVE)
  73. Mark Ingram, Saints vs. Falcons — INJ

Not listed: Matt Forté, Bears; Mewelde Moore, Steelers; DeMarco Murray, Cowboys; Javon Ringer, Titans; Darren McFadden, Raiders


The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

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